Local church kicks off adoption campaign

Its goal is to find permanent homes for at least 100 orphans through adoption and foster care. Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler kicked off its Hope For 100 campaign during its services Sunday morning, and organizers say they hope other churches will soon get involved. The church says it believes it's God's will to take care of our orphans.

For eight months a group of Green Acres Baptist Church members have been gathering with one goal in mind, help the orphans.  The brain child behind such a mission belongs to Rocky Gill of Tyler and his wife Carrie.

"My wife and I adopted a baby from China, never intending to do it, and that whole experience, we ran into a couple from Tyler who adopted and just seeing them and meeting them opened our eyes to a whole new world that we were just not aware of," said Gill.  Through the Hope For 100 campaign Gill says he hopes to open the eyes of his community as well, encouraging his fellow church members to adopt.

"I guess the reason we used church in order to fulfill this mission of trying to help children find homes is because the bible is very clear, that true religion, pure religion is to care for the orphans," said Gill.  It's the reason Glenn and Carol Price of Tyler decided to adopt a five year-old girl from Ethiopia named Favor.  They already have three grown children of their own, but say they want to give Favor a permanent home.

"One of the exciting things for me is I think everybody just assumes adoption is for the benefit of the adopted child, but I also believe the parents and families will benefit from it, and that's really exciting to me," said Glenn.  Gill says he hopes the Hope For 100 campaign does not stay within the Green Acres walls, but spreads to other congregations around the world.

"Children need love, and they need a home that's going to provide that love for them, and I believe that every child deserves that," said Gill.

KLTV 7 will have much more on the Hope For 100 campaign coming up Wednesday night during our Gift of Love report.  In the meantime, for more information, go to our homepage and click on the Know More on 7 link.  There you will find "Hope For 100."

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com